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Art collecting (and here, most people think of paintings when they think of art) is one of the most volatile of collecting endeavors. While it is easy to purchase valuable artwork from those with established reputations – and there is a hefty price tag that accompanies this fame – many people buy paintings on a speculative basis, hoping they will increase in value over time. More often than not, this is not a successful pursuit. Dealer after dealer insist that buyers should buy what they like because they like it, and not for anticipated value. The value of painting rests in the artist, and the condition of the painting – damage can reduce value by tens of thousands of dollars or more. It is important to know how to display and care for paintings, so close contact with experts will help maintain the value of the work.